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ColumbusSteelerFan
11-09-2010, 09:57 AM
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Steelers Report Card: Game eight vs. Bengals
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

QUARTERBACK: B-
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 144 of his 163 yards and one touchdown in the first half, but no throw was bigger than the 36-yarder to Mike Wallace on third-and-2, setting up a touchdown. But he floated a bad interception in the fourth quarter that was unnecessary, leading to a Bengals touchdown. The second-best pass was Antwaan Randle El's 39-yard touchdown to Wallace.

RUNNING BACKS: C+
It was feast or famine for RB Rashard Mendenhall, who had three runs of 18 or more yards, but also had a bunch of runs for 0 or negative yardage. His 20-yard run in the second series set up a field goal. But, when it mattered most, Mendenhall pounded out 43 yards on seven carries after the Bengals cut the lead to 27-21, though the effort went for naught.

WIDE RECEIVERS: B+
Mike Wallace got behind CB Leon Hall for a 36-yard catch to the Bengals' 9 on third-and-2, setting up the second touchdown. And his 24-yard catch led to a field goal at the end of the half. Hines Ward's fumble after a short catch was recovered by the Bengals and led to a touchdown that cut the lead to 10-7. But he made a nice catch with LB Brandon Johnson on his back for an 8-yard touchdown reception.

OFFENSIVE LINE: C
It could have been worse with injuries to G Chris Kemoeatu (ankle) and C Maurkice Pouncey (right leg) in span of three plays in the second quarter and the loss of RT Max Starks (neck). That forced G Doug Legursky to play center and T Jonathan Scott play left guard before Pouncey returned. At least they converted their first goal-line opportunity, this time with Legursky in the backfield.

DEFENSIVE LINE: B-
The Bengals kept getting good yards on a stretch play with Cedric Benson in the first quarter, gaining 37 yards on eight carries. After that, though, he managed just 17 yards on 10 more carries -- still the highest by an opposing back this season. NT Casey Hampton took a costly roughing-the-passer penalty that aided a Cincinnati scoring drive that made it 27-21.

LINEBACKERS: B
Lawrence Timmons continues to be the best and most active player on the field. He had an interception to set up a touchdown, two passes defensed and made a tackle for a loss on third-and-2 that resulted in a missed field goal. James Farrior wasn't far behind, making five tackles, including two in coverage, and had a sack. LaMarr Woodley was a beast collapsing the pocket.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: D
Carson Palmer threw a couple touchdowns to Terrell Owens, who had 10 catches for 141 yards and drew a big pass-interference penalty. CB William Gay made several good plays in the first, but got beat down the hash marks for a 19-yard score by Owens. And CB Bryant McFadden let Owens bet behind him for a 27-yard touchdown. Ike Taylor had two big pass-interference calls in the fourth quarter.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A
Two big plays early set the tone and led to a 10-0 lead. Rookie Emmanuel Sanders forced a fumble on the opening kickoff, resulting in a touchdown. And William Gay blocked a punt that led to a field goal. Jeff Reed's 53-yard FG tied a career high and made him 11 of 12 on the road. The only real mistake was Scott's 46-yard kick return, the longest against them this season.

COACHING: D
Three consecutive penalties for 50 yards and ill-advised throwing nearly resulted in a blown 20-point lead. Give credit to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians for going for a score after the Bengals missed a 51-yard field goal with 45 seconds left in the half. It resulted in a field goal. Why was Roethlisberger throwing with a 13-point lead, on three consecutive plays from the Bengals' 45 that took 35 seconds?

Gerry Dulac: gdulac@post-gazette.com.

steelblood
11-09-2010, 04:16 PM
Mendenhall a C?

The roughing the passer call was total B.S. He didn't see that.

Crash
11-09-2010, 04:22 PM
Why was Roethlisberger throwing with a 13-point lead, on three consecutive plays from the Bengals' 45 that took 35 seconds?

Because there was still 20 minutes to go in the game you asshat.

feltdizz
11-09-2010, 04:39 PM
Why was Roethlisberger throwing with a 13-point lead, on three consecutive plays from the Bengals' 45 that took 35 seconds?

Because there was still 20 minutes to go in the game you asshat.

can't have it both ways... 35 seconds is a no no when up by 13.